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Sadao WatanabeSadao Watanabe (1961) ... LP
King (Japan), 1961. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the sharpest altos of the east – heard here in a great early album! Sadao Watanabe sounds wonderful on the set – blowing in a quintet setting, with a groove that's a bit like Lou Donaldson on Blue Note at the same time – slightly modern at moments, but also laidback and soulful on the ballads, and always with a clear, crisp sound on the alto sax. Other players on the date include Akira Nakano on trumpet and Kazuo Yashiro on piano – but Watanabe's firmly in the lead on most numbers, getting plenty of space to carve out the tunes with his sharp-edged, youthful sound. Titles include "Greasy", "M&M", "Amen", "My Elegy", "Del Sasser", and "Romande". LP, Vinyl record album
(1973 pressing – vinyl is great! Back cover has some light aging, but front looks wonderful. Front also has a Swing Journal seal of approval sticker.)

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Ray BryantAlone With The Blues ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1958. Good ... $9.99
A very striking album – one of Ray Bryant's most noteworthy of the time! The album features Ray playing solo piano – quite unusual for the period, as most piano jazz records, especially his, were at least cut in a trio format – with additional bass and drums. Yet the approach works wonderfully for Bryant, and unlocks a surprisingly sensitive side of his music – quite different than some of his more soul jazz-styled work of the period. Ray's wonderfully unfettered here – hitting grooves with a level of expression and sophistication that far surpasses most of his other records. The intimate time on the keys never gets hokey or overindulgent – but it does let Ray open up and show a side that we've rarely heard on wax. Titles include "Stocking Feet", "Blues #3", "Joy", "Me & The Blues", and "My Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing, with RVG stamp. Cover has splitting on the spine, price sticker remnants, and light stains at the top.)

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Paul Desmond with Jim HallDesmond Blue (First Editions Series) ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1962. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A cool jazz classic from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! Unlike other RCA sides by Hall and Desmond, this one features the pair with larger string backings by Bob Prince, which create a dreamy pillow for alto and guitar to solo across. Titles include the Desmond originals "Late Lament" and "Desmond Blue" – plus "Ill Wind", "My Funny Valentine", and "Like Someone In Love". CD features 7 bonus tracks – masters and alternates, but tunes not on the album, including "Autumn Leaves", "Imagination", and "Advise & Consent". New notes, and extra photos too! CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandBlowing The Blues Away ... CD
High Note, 1997. Used ... $4.99
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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the electric funk of other CTI records, but has a similar sense of space, sound, and rhythm overall – proof that the label's groundbreaking approach didn't always have to be electrified! Tracks are quite long, and the two leaders effortlessly craft notes that magically hang in space with an airily soulful feel. Titles include wonderfully reworked versions of "Whisper Not", "A Child Is Born", and "Pavane For A Dead Princess". CD

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✨✧ Major HolleyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Excuse Me Ludwig ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1977. Used ... $8.99
Major Holley's a hell of a bassist – one who's soulful sound is probably best-remembered behind organist Shirley Scott in the early 60s, and a player who really does a great job of bringing older modes forward with fresh twists in later generations too! This mid 70s session is an overlooked portrait of Holley's genius – as some moments almost recall the late 40s sound of Slam Stewart, particularly in the way the Major works out sweeter notes – while others have a wider sort of Eldee Young quality – as melodic as rhythmic, but always nicely complicated, yet in an organic way. Holley often sings alongside his bass – again like Stewart or Young, but with a vibe that's almost more like some of the 70s electric players, even though he's playing acoustic – and there's also some lyrical moments that maybe have some of the path forward that Red Mitchell was also taking on the European scene of the 70s. Holley's not the only strength here – as the trio also features very strong work from Gerry Wiggins on piano, who's in a great sort of setting here that brings out some different sounds. Drummer Oliver Jackson is the final member of the group – and titles include "Lamb Stew For Slam", "Excuse Me Ludwig", "Salty Mama Cassoulet", "Willow Weep For Me", "Raincheck", and "Like Someone In Love". CD features three unissued tracks – including "Stolen Sweets" and "This Is The End Of A Beautiful Friendship" – plus an alternate of "Excuse Me Ludwig". CD

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Hank JonesDefinitive Black & Blues Series – Bluesette ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1979. Used ... $9.99
A great setting for pianist Hank Jones – a late 70s French session that's got a nicely different feel than most of his from the time – and maybe a bit more bite than some of the work that Hank was giving us in Japan! The album's got the great Alan Dawson on drums – whose sharp crackle you might remember from a range of excellent Prestige Records sessions in the 60s – and bassist George Duvivier seems more expressive than usual, really working out some bold notes and sharper moments that seem to spur Jones onward too! The blend of players really comes through here – creating a sort of special energy on the record, and one that makes most moments a lot more lively than you'd expect – still with that lyricism that Hank's known for, but maybe a bit more soulful vibe too. Titles include "Bluesette", "Milt's Mood", "Azure", "Down", "Blues In My Heart", and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". CD features three bonus alternate tracks, too! CD

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Wynton KellyKelly Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $24.99
A great little session from Wynton Kelly – one that has him breaking out of the lyrical roots of his trio work, and hitting some harder notes as a leader of a larger hardbop group! The album features Kelly working in both trio and sextet format – the latter with players who include Nat Adderley, Bobby Jaspar, and Benny Golson; and the former with Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb (who also play with the sextet). The sextet tracks are the ones that we really love here – as they tend to feature 2 long original numbers by Kelly – much more open than usual, and in a mode that was rarely captured as well on Wynton's albums as a leader. The trio sides are still nice too, though – although a bit more like some of his other sides – and the album features 6 tracks in all, titles that include "Kelly Blue", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Green Dollphin Street", "Keep It Moving", and "Old Clothes". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Joe KennedyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Falling In Love With Love ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A fantastic set from jazz violinist Joe Kennedy – a lesser-known talent on the instrument, but an artist who really shines here in the relaxed, open style of this French session for the Black & Blue label! Maybe it's because the French have always had more of a respect for jazz violin than we have, or maybe it's because Joe's just a great musician – but whatever the case, the album's got this soulful clarity that comes through right from the very first note – a reminder that, in the right hands – like Eddie South or Stuff Smith – the violin can be a fantastic vehicle for jazz soloing. Of course, it also helps that the rest of the group is great too – with Hank Jones on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – on titles that include "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Major", "Wind Blown Blues", "Day In Day Out", and "When Lights Are Low". CD also features four unissued alternate takes! CD

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Bud PowellBlues In The Closet (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. Used ... $11.99
The title gets it right – as the album's definitely one of the most bluesy ever cut by Bud Powell for Verve – a sweet little set with a sound that's slightly gentler than usual, but still filled with plenty of dark corners and modern tones! The trio here features Ray Brown on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both more understated players who really let the sound of Powell's piano dominate the record – so much so that it almost seems as if the keys of Bud's instrument were recorded at a much higher level in the mix. Powell uses this presence to display a great array of stark notes and sharp feelings – moments that ring out beautifully even in some of the mellower, more familiar tunes on the set. Titles include "I Should Care", "Be Bop", "Fifty Second Street Theme", "I Didn't Know That You Know", "Elogie", "When I Fall In Love", and "Blues In The Closet". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sun RaOuter Space Employment Agency – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1973 ... LP
Total Energy, 1973/1999. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Classic live material, recorded at the legendary Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s. The Fest was the brainchild of John Sinclair, the White Panther founder/Detroit radical who was also the big early manager of the MC5. Sinclair produced the set and wrote a nice set of introductory notes – but the real interest here is in the performance of Ra & The Arkestra, who are recorded live before an audience of 15,000 fans, and who include Kwame Hadi, Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, and June Tyson. Titles include "Discipline 99", "Love In Outer Space", and "At First There Was Nothing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hans ReichelWichlinghauser Blues ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Overlooked work by one of the true guitar geniuses of the 70s – an artist who should be right up there with Derek Bailey and Fred Frith – especially with groundbreaking work of this nature! Hans Reichel has a very unique approach to the electric – one that's both very deft on the strings, but also has a sonic sensibility that almost seems to use the instrument to trigger sounds as much as to create notes – moments that are often quite melodic, even when free – shifting between the infinite tonal possibilities of the guitar and some of its textural elements too. Some of Reichel's later work wasn't as great as his 70s output – but this album's a tremendous and well-lauded classic! Titles include "Lupi", "Shaved Guitar", "Krampfhandlugen", and "Alfons Al Piepenbrink & His Lonely Wah Wah Pedal". CD

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Floyd SmithDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Relaxin With Floyd ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
Hardly a set that's got the "relaxin" energy that you'd guess from the title – as Floyd Smith is a guitarist with a nice sort of bite in his style, and works here in a lean organ trio that gives him plenty of room to open up his sound! Floyd's got a bold way of handling a single note – clearly influenced by blues, which he dips into slightly – but much more of a soul jazz player, with a vibe that's somewhere between Tiny Grimes and Bill Jennings – as is the overall vibe of the set, which has the rawer quality of an early 60s Prestige Records outing. Wild Bill Davis handles the Hammond, and Chris Columbus is on drums – and titles include "Mama Talks Soft", "Floyd's Guitar Blues", "Without You", "Take It Easy Blues", and "Petite Mademoiselle". CD features lots of bonus tracks – a number never issued on CD – including "Invitation", "Relaxin With Floyd", "Satin Doll", and "Merci". CD

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Gene Ammons & Dodo MarmarosaJug & Dodo ... LP
Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful maturation of ideas he was expressing during his bop years, and which is similar to his last album on Argo. Ammons joins in on tenor sax for about half the tracks on the session, and the material is presented here with a good set of liner notes that opens up a good bit of history on Dodo. Titles include "Just Friends", "Georgia", "For You", "The Moody Blues", "Yardbird Suite", "Bluzarumba", and "The Very Thought Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sidney BechetBechet Souvenirs (colored vinyl) ... LP
Vogue/Sony (UK), 1951. New Copy ... $19.99
Some of the purest work to ever capture the genius of Sidney Bechet were his recordings in Paris – where the respectful record labels allowed the reedman just the right sort of space for his amazing tone and heartfelt emotion! These sides are a bit late in Bechet's career, but really represent him perfecting his approach, too – never overdone, never gimmicky, and not even trying for any easy cliches that might please the overseas audiences – and instead just right on the money, with a perfect sense of economy in his solos, and a mindblowing tone that will grab you from the very first note on the album! Bechet blows soprano sax throughout – with a tone that was a huge influence on the Coltrane generation – and works with French musicians on all sessions. Titles include "Together", "Apex Blues", "Kansas City Man Blues", "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet", "Darling Nelly Gray", and "Sidney's Wedding Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with original cover art, orange vinyl, and liner notes too!)

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✨✧ George BensonSpace ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
An unusual assortment of work from the great George Benson – pulled together from other sessions for CTI Records – featuring one studio track, and four more live numbers! The studio tune is George's take on the Stax Records classic "Hold On I'm Coming" – which Benson sings with almost as much vocal intensity on his own as Sam & Dave brought to the original – followed by a tight solo that really matches the funky 70s vibe of the arrangements. Next are four more tracks from the Carnegie Hall sessions – one of his hardest-hitting albums of the time! In a way, the record returns George to his early years at CTI – particularly the album Beyond The Blue Horizon – as the set's got a stripped down smaller group, working in a tight blend of electric jazzy bits that's very nice! Ronnie Foster lays down some great keyboards on the set, Hubert Laws is on flute, and George himself plays a hollow body with a nice soulful tone – stretching out on some straight jazz on most cuts, but also hitting a few of his smoother notes from the mid 70s. Titles include "Sky Dive", "Octane", "Summertime", and "Gone". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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Elsie Bianchi TrioElsie Bianchi Trio – At Seiler's Atlantis (10 inch LP) ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare early session from the lovely Elsie Bianchi – best known for her classic 60s sides on Saba/MPS, heard here in a very similar format! The set features Elsie working with her combo from the Swiss Atlantis nightclub in the early 60s – and was originally issued as a limited-number 10" LP, used only as a promotional item by the club! As on her classic Sweetest Sound album, Elsie sings on a number of tunes – always in English, and in a laidback and mellow way that sounds wonderfully sweet next to her work on piano. The rest of the group includes a bit of clarinet next to the bass and drums – and on a few tracks, Elsie's even overdubbed with a bit of accordion as well! Titles include the originals "Atlantis Blues" and "Baron Lazar" – plus versions of "I Got It Bad", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Stormy Weather", "After You've Gone", and "No Moon At All". Note: the package features the same material as the Atlantis Blues reissue years ago, but in the original format of the release. (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie BrownWhy Is Everybody Always Pickin On Me? ... CD
Contact/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... About January 20, 2018
A pretty unusual album, by an obscure player who's not to be confused with Charles Brown, the blues singer, or Chuck Brown, the leader of the Soul Searchers. This Charlie Brown is a tenor player – listed as obscure even in the notes to the session, a laidback set of soul jazz numbers which feature Chuck's tenor over backings by Horace Ott. The overall style is similar to some of Hank Crawford's work from the time, particularly his albums on Kudu – with a polished feel to the backings, offset by some gutsier work by the main soloist. The group features Neal Creque on piano, Richard Tee on organ, Pretty Purdie on drums, and Billy Butler on guitar – and the tunes include "Back On The Track", "I Wanna Be Where You Are", "Love The One You're With", and "(Funky) Sunny", probably the nicest track on the album. CD

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CrusadersWay Back Home (4CD boxset) ... CD
Blue Thumb, 1960s/1970s. Used 4 CDs ... $24.99
... CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode. Please note that there is a clear piece of tape on the box cover.)

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Teddy EdwardsSunset Eyes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1959/1960. Used ... $11.99
Teddy Edwards at the height of his powers – packing a tight, soulful punch that made him one of the most popular players on the west coast in the early 60s – and a great link between earlier R&B tenorists and the leaner sound of 60s jazz! Edwards has a nice gutbuckety tone at times – the qualities you might hear from Hank Crawford or David Newman in the way they blended their sounds – but the overall feel is leaner and cleaner, too – not many cliches, and a kind of straightforward sound that really shows the new inroads that the LA soul jazz scene was making at the time. The set features a shifting lineup – piano from Amos Trice, Joe Castro, and Ronnie Ball – bass from Leroy Vinnegar and Ben Tucker – and drums from Al Levitt and Billy Higgins – on titles that include a whopping batch of originals like "Teddy's Tune", "Tempo De Blues", "Vintage '57", "Sunset Eyes", and "Takin Off". Plus, this CD's got some great notes, excellent packaging, and even includes 3 unreleased bonus cuts! CD
(Out of print, West Coast Classics limited edition pressing.)
 
 
 



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